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Oct 1, 2012 4:30am PDT
week the presidential debates begin. president obama and mitt romney both preparing for their first debate in denver wednesday night. republicans are calling for more pressure on the president's foreign policy. in today's "wall street journal" romney calls mr. obama's policies dangerous. both sides are downplaying expectations, giving credit to each other as strong debaters. >> obama is going to be formidable and ike it will be a good debate but i certainly would not underestimate what barack obama brings. >> he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> both sides are already planning their post debate rallies. romney is in virginia with paul ryan on thursday. president obama is staying in colorado. >> wednesday night big one, number one. >> thursday morning will be big here. >> a lot to talk about. >>> a bay area haven to techies has now been saved from closure. we'll have the details coming up next. >>> plus after three straight days of talks, we'll tell you if the shar
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Oct 1, 2012 4:00am PDT
debate prep. president obama and his republican rival mitt romney are both getting ready for their first face to face presidential debate in denver wednesday night. romney is holding a rally in the mile-high city today, while the president gears up in nevada. nbc's tracy potts joins us with washington from the latest. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. we get an interesting perspective on this from john mccain. he's debated both the president and mitt romney, and he says we will see two very strong well-prepared candidates and in his prediction, few surprises. the president's behind closed doors in nevada for the next two days preparing to face mitt romney in denver wednesday. >> he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: both sides are downplaying expectations. a senior aide to the president says romney will be prepared, disciplined and aggressive. romney's debate partner calls the president a tough debater. >> barack obama is going to be formidable and i
NBC
Oct 4, 2012 4:00am PDT
, post debate instant polls reveal that most voters believe mitt romney did better than president obama. a cnn orc poll finds that 67% of registered voters who watched the debate chose mr. romney as the winner while 25% picked mr. obama. a cbs news snap poll of uncommitted voters found that 46% identified mitt romney as the winner, while 22% said barack obama won. 32% declared the debate a tie. while the candidates tangled over taxes, bringing up countless statistics and figures of cuts or increases, nbc news' andrea mitchell looked into the truth behind the rhetoric of both candidates. >> let me repeat what i said. i'm not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut. that's not my plan. my plan is not to put in place any tax cut that will add to the deficit. >> reporter: romney has proposed making the bush tax cuts permanent for all income levels and then cutting all rates an additional 20%. he would repeal the alternative minimum tax and permanently repeal the estate tax. the nonpartisan tax policy center concluded that mitt romney's tax plan would cost $4.8 trillion over ten years. romney said
NBC
Oct 1, 2012 12:00am PDT
some missteps in past debates and also at some gems from barack obama. first up, first on romney's must-do list, get likable. and avoid this kind of reaction when governor rick perry charged that romney had hired illegal lawn workers. >> i'm speaking. i'm speaking. i'm speaking. i'm speaking. you get 30 seconds. this is the way the rules work here. is that i get 60 seconds. and you get -- >> but the american people want the truth. they want -- >> i understand -- >> you say that you knew you had illegals. >> would you please wait? are you just going to keep talking? are you going to let me finish with what i have to say? >> i don't know what it means for the referee for help, but there he was going anderson cooper. chris: what happens if romney goes the opposite that have? comes on highly rehearsed we hear he's really rehearsing, with a highly formal presidential performance that makes it very structured? he can set the tone for a different kind of indictment and performance against the president? >> he's certainly going to try. one thing that the romney team knows is that debates are wo
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 5:00pm PDT
debate will be divided into six timed segments of approximately 15 minutes each. president obama will get the first question, and mitt romney will get the last word. for the very latest, let's check in with nbc's steve handelsman live at the university of denver. good evening, steve. >> reporter: janelle, thanks. good evening from a suddenly blustery cold denver, where the gold tonight is political substance. when this debate gets started in less than an hour here at the university of denver, moderator jim lehrer will demand the studio audience not boo or hiss or applaud. no distractions, he'll say. so the voters, many, many millions watching from home, will get to concentrate on what these political competitors have to say. more than 60 million americans could watch tonight's debate. >> i've made up my mind. but i'd still like to see both of the candidates sweat a little bit. >> reporter: president obama looked relaxed this week. mitt romney too, but he knows he has to change perceptions tonight. more voters now see romney negatively than see him positively. and that loses elections.
NBC
Sep 30, 2012 3:30pm PDT
debate. tonight inside the obama and romney debate camps. how the candidates are preparing for the showdown. >>> making the case. the supreme court begins. >>> and carmageddo 2. what happened this weekend when one of the busiest highways in the countries was shut down. how did california cope with its freeway car free? >>> good evening from the joint command headquarters of the international security assistance force in kabul. we have been traveling through this country all week trying to take measure of this war, another insider attack has left a u.s. soldier and an american civilian dead. that brings the death toll to 2,118. so far this year, 267 have been killed. 31 of those killed at the hands of afghan police and military members. insider attacks. tonight against the backdrop of next month's presidential election, we're beginning a special look at a region at the brink and the foreign policy challenges that america is facing here in syria and afghanistan. richard engel, you have more on that attack today? >> reporter: cooperation between u.s. and afghan forces is the mission n
NBC
Oct 1, 2012 11:00am PDT
partner calls the president a tough debater. >> president obama will be f formidable. i would not under estimate. >> reporter: john kerry playing romney in the weekend rehearsal. looking to press the president on libya and syria. romney calls the foreign policy dangerous. romney's debate plan is clearly and concisely explains how he can fix the economy. >> i expect to be able to describe that in a way people will understand and if they do, i'll get elected. >> reporter: his running mate, paul ryan is preparing for his debate a week away. >> i really believe in the policies we're providing and we're pursuing. at the end of the day, i'm going to go in and be me. >> reporter: we already know where the candidates will be the morning after wednesday's debate. on thursday, romney and ryan will be in virginia. president obama is remaining in colorado for an event there. tracie potts, nbc news, washington. >>> thank you. the boy scouts of america will inform the police and sheriff's offices of the boys who worked in their ranks. the organization has been keeping information for decades. they ha
NBC
Oct 1, 2012 6:00am PDT
little more than a month away, and this week the presidential debates begin. president obama and mitt romney both preparing for their first debate in denver wednesday night. both sides already planning their post bedadebate rallies. coming up at 6:50, a live report from capitol hill with a look at why both sides are downplaying expectations while at the same time pressuring one another on foreign policy. >>> all right. let's check in welcome back weather right now. this story here has come up a little bit short so i think we need to change here. >> certainly not the forecast. >> no, the forecast smoking hot. christina loren, you're halving. >> i'd like to give it back to mother nature. as we head throughout the afternoon, it is going to be a scorcher. in fact what's bizarre is that this is actually the second monday of fall and we're talking about the potential for the hottest day of the year. the hottest day of 2012, first day of october. what's interesting is fresno down south, they're expecting the hottest start to the month in over 25 years. just an indication of how unusual
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 12:35am PDT
, tomorrow is the first of three debates between myself and president obama. and i'm looking forward to having a serious conversation with my opponent about the issues. and asou may have heard, i've also prepared a few zingers for the occasion. [ laughter ] would you like a taste? [ cheers and applause ] for example, when we greet each other onstage before the debate, i'll put my finger on obama's tie and i'll say, "hey, there's something on your tie." [ laughter ] then, when he looks down, i'll slide my finger from his sternum right up to his nostrils, and i'll say, "boop." [ laughter ] ha ha-ha. ha ha ha ha-ha. ha ha. trust me, it's gonna be great. [ laughter ] i've also been working on some "that's what she said" zingers. [ light laughter ] for instance, when obama is talking during the debate, i'll just interrupt him and say, "that's what she said?" [ laughter ] ha ha ha. gets 'em every time. ha ha. [ laughter ] now, last week, my campaign leaked a memo telling everyone to lower their expectations for my performance in these debates because, as we all know, barack obama is an extrem
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 5:30pm PDT
obama has prepared more for these debates than any sitting president in the modern era. while anticipation builds at the tightly controlled debate site mitt romney fine tuned his message in private, advisers say, relaxing with three of his sons and fueling up on a peanut butter and honey sandwich. campaigning today was left to top surrogates. >> i believe that the 21st century can be better than the 20th. >> you can do that. it's your future. go claim it. >> reporter: outside the debate hall cameras caught a brief glimpse of the candidates' motorcades. their walkthroughs inside the 1500-seat arena, kept out of view. >> two, three, four, five. >> reporter: for days advisers from both sides have been negotiating details from lighting to the angle of the podiums. the rules even address which spouse will be introduced first. mrs. romney, then mrs. obama. and a coin toss determined the president will speak first with romney getting the last word. >> i'd ask the wealthy to pay a little more. >> more americans are living in poverty. >> reporter: after a relentless blitz of campaign a
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 11:00pm PDT
obama came into the debate ahead in every battleground state. with an estimated 60 million americans watching on tv, cable and the web, moderator tjim hehrer asked, can you put more people to work. >> he would cut regulations and taxes on small businesses. >> my priority is jobs. so what i do is i bring down the tax rates. >> governor romney's proposal that he has been promoting for 18 months calls for a $5 trillion tax cut. >> reporter: which the president claimed would help the rich at others 'expense. >> the average mittedle class family would pay about $2,000 more. >> everything he just said about my tax plan is inaccurate. >> it's not possible to coming up with enough deductions and loopholes that only affect high-income individuals to avoid either raising the deficit or burdening the middle class. it's math. it's arithmetic. >> reporter: on medicare and social security, one agreement -- >> neither the president nor i are proposing any changes for any current retirees or near retirees. >> reporter: in ten years, romney wants a private medicare option. >> aarp has said that your
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Oct 1, 2012 11:00pm PDT
president obama to address gun control during the debate. >> it was this past summer in a movie theater, i was shot in the face and neck. >> that's stephen barton featured in a new national tv ad paid for by a group called united against illegal gun support fund. the group says it is disappointed about. the candidates haven't addressed gun violence in a concrete and specific way. it is unlikely that topic will be brought up unless the question comes from the moderator. critics point out the weapons used in that aurora shooting were all legally purchased. >>> you pay up, they show up. the officials raking in fees just for public appearances last month. tonight more unquestionable spending by the bay area's largest water district. >> reporter: $286 plus mileage. that's what the santa clara valley water district gets to show up for events related to water issues. richard santos serves on a 58th of volunteer boirds but he has figured out a way to get paid by taxpayers. from the water district board to san jose's police and fire retirement board -- >> everybody wants to do the right thing. >> r
NBC
Oct 4, 2012 12:35am PDT
about. tonight was the first presidential debate between barack obama and mitt romney. not only that, it was also the obama's 20th wedding anniversary. [ light laughter ] little weird during the debate when obama promised to balance the budget, lower taxes and be home by 10:00 for cuddle time. [ laughter ] out of context. more election news, while campaigning yesterday in colorado, mitt romney made a stop at the fast food restaurant chipotle. the guy behind the counter was like, "burrito?" and romney was like, "hey there, burrito. my name is mitt romney." [ laughter ] "pleasure to meet you." [ cheers and applause ] honest mistake. actually, though, we do have a photo of this. this really happened. look at that dude. look at that guy on the end. [ laughter ] i can't decide what the caption for this should be. is it, "are we on "undercover boss?" [ laughter ] or is it, "hey, the other, other white meat?" [ laughter ] it could be that. i don't know. hey -- hey, did you guys hear about this? you had to. "american idol"? they had to cancel auditions yesterday after nicki minaj started swe
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Oct 4, 2012 6:00am PDT
people saying this debate was dry, not a lot of zingers in this. why do you think obama did not bring up the 47% comment in regards to romney? >> i was a little surprised but i think hematomaed wanted to p and not be seen as at gresor and attacking his opponent. i think he laid back a little bit. he may do that more in the next debate to be the aggressor and take the assertive tone. >> bottom line, jim, in your professional opinion, who do you think won this debate? >> i think in terms of outperforming expectations, romney did much better and obama was a little bit flat, a little bit dry, a little bit dull and so i think in that regard that romney could declare this a victory. we'll have to see how the polls result from this. it's expected that he'll get a bump from that and we'll see if that will be the case. >> time will certainly tell. okay, jim, thanks so much for your time today. >> thank you. >> great stuff. very interesting. >>> 6:35 right now. we know it's going to be a busy weekend in san francisco. probably a lot of traffic jams go on but this morning mike inouye is already pop
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 4:00am PDT
. as president obama and mitt romney prepare for tonight's crucial debate, our brand new poll numbers show where they stand. >>> mid-air scare. another incident of loose seats on an american airlines flight, and now the company says it knows why. >>> and shock value. daredevil magician david blaine goes high voltage in his latest stunt. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with a high stakes debate. all eyes turn to denver for tonight's first presidential debate of the 2012 race, and a new nbc news "wall street journal" poll shows president obama is holding on to his national lead, but not by much. 49% of likely voters favor the president while 46% prefer mitt romney. that's only a 3% edge for obama, which is within the survey's margin of error, but when it comes to a poll of registered voters the president widens his lead over romney to 7 points, 51% to 44. and, finally, four in ten surveyed now say the nation is headed in the right direction. that's the highest amount since june 2009. meanwhile, both candidates took a break f
NBC
Oct 2, 2012 11:00pm PDT
to criticize the president. president obama has five mock debates under his belt. he's been practicing under senator john kerry. the president's goals are to keep his answers tight and be aggressive without overdoing it. a new poll in "the wall street journal" shows nearly 40% of registered voters say the upcoming debate are extremely or quite important to help them determine their vote. you can watch the debate tomorrow night at 6:00. >>> triple digits for the first week of fall. if you were outside or inside, you felt the heat. and the heat is still on tonight. san jose is in the 70s. san jose tied a record from 1986 with a high of 96. let's bring in jeff raineri. not only hot. but some of the hottest temperatures of the year. >> looks like it. as we headed throughout the day, not only of the season but of the past 12 months, this will rank in the top-five hottest days on the first full week of fall. gilroy 107. san francisco at a very sweltering 94. just two degrees away from setting a record in the city. not only interior valleys. but also at the coastline getting hot. t
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 7:00am PDT
presidential debate. the showdown in denver between president obama and republican challenger mitt romney. you know mitt romney is looking for a new look and, of course, the president is trying to avoid the incumbent trap of trying to appear arrogant or underprepared. a lot on the line right now. >> a big moment in the campaig because there are so many eyes on this. it's the first of three debates between these two men. it's scheduled to last 90 minutes, and with just 33 days until the election some 60 million people are expected to tune in. former republican candidate rick santorum knows what it's like to go against mitt romney in a debate. we'll talk to him straight ahead, as well as the president's deputy campaign manager stephanie cutter. >>> also ahead, we brought you his incredible story last week, a man looking for a second chance to fulfill his dream after he suffered a debilitating injury in his one and only at-bat in the major leagues. last night, seven years later, adam greenberg finally got that chance. we'll show you how he did and talk to him about the big moment the morning afte
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Sep 27, 2012 6:00pm PDT
debates sure matter in 2008. going in, obama and republican challenger john mccain were neck in neck. post debates gave obama victories in each case. he soared from there. >> what do we do now? we hear all these polls. the obama cam says we like these polls because they're ahead. the romney campaign says you know what? they're insignificant. what do you think? >> they are and they aren't. a six-point spread among likely voters is not that impressive. it is within the margin of error. but obama's showing is most impressive in those swing states like ohio, florida and pennsylvania. the winner has got to win at least one, preferably at least two to make it. now he has double digit or near double digit leads in each of them. all of which places incredible pressure on mitt romney to change the course of the campaign. >> so what's the game plan for each one of the candidates at the debates? >> okay. the first debate is on domestic policy. fine. that should be romney's bread and butter. he has to find a way to return to his message on the economy. what is the message? mainly that whatever t
NBC
Oct 2, 2012 4:00am PDT
. >>> political showdown. president obama and mitt romney hunker down for their high stakes debate in denver. >>> and bumpy ride. a 10-year-old philadelphia boy is arrested after swiping and crashing a van. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with air scare. suspicion is swirling around american airlines after two flights in three days were returned to new york's jfk airport. the reason, passenger seats came loose on both planes. the first incident occurred on a flight from miami to boston. >> during climb out, passenger seats row 12d, e and f came loose out of the floor. passengers are unable to sit in that seat. >> the federal aviation administration says seating in both planes had recently undergone maintenance. the airline has grounded eight 757s for inspection. >>> republicans are hoping the first of three presidential debates tomorrow night will be a game-changer for mitt romney. right now he trails the president in every battleground state.
NBC
Sep 30, 2012 8:00am PDT
challenge, on the follow. that's where he made his mistakes during the primary debates. and obama has a tendency to ramble. and i think that's going to be interesting to watch. >> listen, i think the reality is that when the challenger gets the opportunity to stand on the same stage, feet from the president of the united states, and go toe-to-toe, and offer without any media fundamentalad press densz densy, i think it will make a difference. >> romney had a conversation with "good morning america" about that. let me play a portion and have you respond to it in particular. >> i think he's going to say a lot of things that aren't accurate. but i think that the challenge that i'll have in the debate is that the president tends to, how shall i say it, say things that aren't true. and in attacking his opponents. >> give me an example of what he would want to attack, what the president has done, and how you think romney will handle it. >> well, i think president obama has, and i want to be charitable here, has a casual relationship with the truth. he's very eloquent. he's extremely articula
NBC
Oct 1, 2012 5:30pm PDT
for four years. the other has been running for longer than that. barack obama and mitt romney are both nearing the end of intense debate prep, and coaching sessions. and at this point, they're designed either to create or prevent that moment that we've all seen that can somehow change the race. and with millions of americans watching these debates like a kind of super bowl of american politics, the stakes are high as the two men face each other in denver, just two days from now. we begin tonight with nbc's andrea mitchell in our d.c. newsroom. andrea, good evening. >> good evening, brian. it is the political super bowl, or perhaps the world series. mitt romney, behind in all battleground polls for the last three weeks, now has the most to gain from a game-changing night. and the most to lose if he doesn't turn it around. as the candidates head to debate camp, rolling up their sleeves, getting down to work, each claims to be the underdog. >> governor romney, he's -- he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> he plays, barack obama, he plays them well, too. i hate to tell you. >> report
NBC
Oct 2, 2012 5:00pm PDT
the debates could sway their vote. today both president obama and governor romney stayed out of the spotlight. instead, preparing for their debate. but their running mates hit the trail in swing states. vice president biden said team romney would hike middle class taxes, while congressman ryan swung back. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class has been buried the last four years. >> the obama economic agenda failed not because it was stopped. it failed because it was passed. >> the university of denver will host the debate tomorrow. you can watch it here live on nbc bay area. the topic for this first debate is domestic policy around the moderator is jim lehr. >>> a massive recall for a list of popular peanut butter brands is expanding tonight. new mexico-based sunland is now adding more store brand names to its recall list. the company provides peanut butter and other nut products to major chains. some of the brand names include target's archer farms, safe waive open nature and fresh and easy. also on the list are nature valley, earthbalance and serious food. the
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Oct 4, 2012 11:00am PDT
to now decision 2012. both president obama and mitt romney are back on the campaign trail talking to voters less than 24 hours after the first presidential debate of this campaign. nbc's danielle leigh is in washington with how political advisers say last night's debate could affect today's conversations. >> reporter: republican mitt romney may have secured exactly what he needed out of this first presidential debate, a fresh look for undecided voters. >> he laid out a very clear choice and a big choice. that's what this election is about. >> reporter: the candidates sparred on key issues this election, taxes, job growth and medicare. >> i'd rather have a private plan. i'd just as soon not have the government telling me what kind of health care i can have. >> every study has shown that medicare has lowered administrative costs than private insurance does which is why seniors are generally pretty happy with it. and private insurers have to make a profit. >> reporter: even advisers to president obama admit romney did well. >> i give him credit for a strong performance. >> reporter:
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Sep 28, 2012 5:30pm PDT
more informed choice. >> reporter: while both candidates are practicing in private, president obama held a closed-door session this afternoon. and publicly their campaigns are showering the opponents with praise. a message from one expert outlines romney's skills as a prepared, aggressive, debater. the romney campaign is touting president obama's natural gifts and the extensive seasoning under the bright lights of the bright stage. today, in a mock debate, senator john kerry dismissed the idea that the republican nominee is an inexperienced debater, pointing to more than 20 debates. >> oh please, just give me 20 breaks, not just one. >> reporter: but analysts saying given the state of the race, the burden may be on the challenger. >> he has to do something to get people to take a deep breath, and say wait a minute, well, i thought i made a decision about supporting the president but maybe i better look a second time at mitt romney, that is what he needs to do. >> reporter: and one other thing on today's flight this evening, mitt romney said that people tend to during the debates, fo
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Oct 2, 2012 7:00am PDT
first presidential debate. both president obama and governor romney will spend the day preparing. what message do they need to send to undecided voters tuning in tomorrow night. bill o'reilly is here to talk about his new bookoming up. >> we'll look forward to that a. question, what caused this nasty gash on a killer whale in san diego. was it an accident or was it an attack by other whales? a live report on that. >> and post seth mcfarland? his friends and al roker praise the pick. some wonder why they selected the guy from family guy. we'll talk about it with today's professionals. >> do we sense what you feel? >> i'm still absorbing it. i'll let you know. >> not prepared to talk about it. before we get to that we want to check with the top stories from natalie morales. good morning. >> good morning everyone. we begin with that story about trouble in the skies for american airlines. as at least two separate 757 jets had to be diverted after several rows of seats came loose mid flight and six more planes are being inspected for the same problem. tom costello is on the ramp at miami in
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Oct 4, 2012 7:00am PDT
calling the first debate a win for republican mitt romney. as a seemingly lackluster president obama failed to take the reins. a hot topic of the debate, medicare, president obama says he based his health care law on romney's own plan for massachusetts. but romney stuck to his promise to repeal the law if elected. and despite being a prominent issue this week on the campaign trail, the candidates did not tackle the topic of immigration. >>> turkey's deputy prime minister says a bill authorizing the use of force against syria is intended as a deterrent and not a declaration of war. that bill was approved by turkey's parliament this morning. turkish troops fired for the second day in retaliation for syrian mortar fire that killed five civilians in a turkish border town. >>> health officials say a deadly meningitis outbreak may be linked to steroid injections manufactured at a massachusetts pharmacy. the drug maker has recalled the steroid used to treat mostly back pain as investigators work to confirm the source of the infection. so far, more than two dozen people have been sickened ac
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Oct 3, 2012 6:00pm PDT
the presidential debates in this election cycle between president barack obama and former massachusetts governor mitt romney. the stage is ready in denver, colorado. the university of denver. and all of the expectations management to the contrary, the two men you're going to see tonight are very good debaters. they have four ivy league degrees between them, after all, and 50 debates between them, though not against each other until tonight. there is a critical third man on that stage tonight in denver. that's the moderator, jim lehrer of pbs. he's done a dozen of these. and the rules, which he will announce at the start, give him broad leeway to guide the conversation and the debate. it is a cold room in denver. the campaigns wanted the temperature low. and it's not likely to stay that way once we get under way. both men have been prepping for days. this happens to be the obamas' 20th wedding anniversary. moments ago we saw a warm embrace between mrs. romney and mrs. obama. they both met each other at the front of the hall. their hiss, this is the first of three meetings d
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Oct 4, 2012 5:00am PDT
are, what, 12 days away until the next debate. professor, what do the two candidates need to do between now and that next date on the 16th? >> well, i think obama needs to become a little bit more assertive, a little bit more aggressive. as the front runner, i believe he felt like he could just sort of coast a little bit and as the front runner not make any mistakes and perhaps maybe romney would make some mistakes. i think romney needs to be more specific about his plan if he wants to move forward. he needs to give those details that obama was hammering him on. >> it will be interesting to see how that next one pans on. the next one is a town hall with a list of people versus a single moderator asking the questions. we want to know right now with a set-up like that, who do you think will come out on top? >> i think obama will be much better prepared an his general demeanor typically plays well for a town hall meeting. if he can eliminate the pauses and come out with a little more energy, i think he'll probably do pretty well at a town hall format. >> so specifically what does e
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 4:30am PDT
both president obama and mitt romney tonight for their very first presidential debate. both are putting their final touches on the talking points. tonight, we'll see if the preparation pays off. tracie potts has the story from the university of denver. >> reporter: the stage is set for tonight's debate. >> governor, you ready for tomorrow? >> i'm getting there. >> reporter: while mitt romney took a break from practice to get a burrito bowl, president obama visited hoover dam. >> it's spectacular. >> reporter: aides say they're coaching the president to keep his answers short and be aggressive. romney's practicing how not to get irritated. >> the president has an opportunity to put this race away if he has some great night it mitt romney has to have a good night to get this trajectory of this race to change. >> reporter: the poll shows romney with momentum. but more voters think the economy is improving. what are they listening for tonight? >> i would like to hear firm chances on positions. definitely some good debates. >> reporter: inundated by ads -- >> this president cannot te
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Oct 3, 2012 5:00am PDT
debate taking place later on today. both president obama and mitt romney spending the day getting some last-minute preparations in before the the two step up to f the nation. security did a sweep just a few hours ago. romney is already in colorado. president obama is set to be there today it this is the first time the two have met face-to-face in five years. the latest nbc news poll showing romney has momentum. he is just three points behind president obama. still political experts say tonight's crucial for the republican candidate. >> the president has an opportunity to put this race away if he has some great night and mitt romney has a really bad night. mitt romney has to have a good night to get this trajectory of this race to change. >> likely a lot of things going back and forth in this one. tonight's debate's main focus will be on domestic policy. >>> and of course make sure to check out the debate action. right here on nbc bay area. you can tune in an hour early for local news right here, followed by "nightly news" starting at 5:30. >>> antioch police are searching for someone w
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Oct 3, 2012 11:00am PDT
with you. >>> still ahead at 11:00, mitt romney and president obama meet face-to-face for the first time in five years. what's at stake for the candidates heading into the first presidential debate of the campaign. >>> i'm bob redell. we are live in san francisco. just hours away from the first day of competition of america's cup world series. we will catch up with one of the competitors here at pier 32. >>> the leader at hp says it will take a lot longer to turn it around. we will have a look at this in business. >>> to decision 2012 now. about seven hours from now, mitt romney gets his chance to tell president obama what he has been saying in tv ads and speeches. the economy is getting worse. the president confronts romney if he has written off 47% of america to get richer. the debate happens tonight in denver. tracie potts has the preview. >> reporter: president obama on the right and mitt romney on the left. questions about taxes and health care. the bar is high for the president and predicts romney's aggressiveness is not a fun balance. >> he has the facts. he drills you. he is
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Oct 2, 2012 6:00pm PDT
night's debate. president obama holed up in nevada brought pizzas to a local campaign office and worked the phones right there with the volunteers and he joked about his debate preparations. >> they're keeping any indoors all the time. it's a drag. they're making me do my homework. >> in my view it's not winning or losing or even the people themselves, the president and myself, it's about something bigger than that. >> reporte governor romney appeared in denver. you can watch the debate. topic is domestic policy and moderator is jim lair. coverage begins at 6:00 tomorrow night. >>> a warning about a popular seafood. it's the details of a costco recall. >>> i'm jeff ranieri. temperatures holding onto the century mark in the east bay and starting to slowly climb on down into south bay right now with plenty of low 90s here across parts of san jose down to campbell. we'll have more on that full forecast in our seven-day in details on when major cooling will arrive in just a few minutes. ah. fire bad! just have to fire roast these tomatoes. do you churn your own butter what? too? this
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Oct 3, 2012 6:00am PDT
a look at this new video. where the stage is already set for the first presidential debates of this campaign. this morning, president obama and republican rival mitt romney are putting the finishing touches on their key talking points. our new nbc poll shows romney has momentum ahead of tonight's debate. he is just three points behind the president with likely voters nationwide. coming up, a live report from denver with a look at the specific advice that both candidates are getting from their campaign coaches. you can watch the debate right here at 6:00. that's right after "nightly news." and we'll have a wrap-up at 11:00. >>> it is 6:10 right now. brace yourself. the new plan that could penalize you if you don't keep your private stuff private. >>> plus, turning linai into a little laboratory. we'll tell you what a bay area billionaire plans to do with the hawaiian island he now owns. >>> plus, the job status. a look at how america is doing in the economy ahead of those debates coming up. >>> we'll take you live back here to san francisco to show you what goes on overnight while yo
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Oct 2, 2012 4:30am PDT
action. back to you. >> thank you, christina. >>> turning now to decision 2012, president barack obama and republican presidential candidate mitt romney taking the day off from the campaign trail just to prepare for tomorrow's big showdown. the first of three debates will take place here in denver, as we take a live look this morning. both president obama and mitt romney running through full rehearsals to hone in those talking points. as of this morning president obama has a lead in all nine of the key battleground states. both campaigns say tomorrow will be important to reach those undecided voters. >> it will be a conversation with the american people that will span almost an entire month. we'll get to describe our respective views. >> it's a choice between two different paths for this country. it's a choice between two fundamentally different visions for our nation. >> you can watch the debate in its entirely here on nbc bay area. the topic is domestic policy. coverage starts at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow night, wednesday night. >>> 4 c:51. how about some sticker shock in santa clara. the 4
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Sep 30, 2012 5:30am PDT
be out. on wednesday, president obama and republican candidate mitt romney meet in the first presidential debate. this one focusing on domestic policy. on thursday,ing the minutes of the last meeting of this federal reserve open-market committee. this is the meeting when the fed governors approve another round of quantitative easing. and on friday the monthly jobs report will be released. we will find out if there is any change to the 8.1% unemployment rate for america. >>> finally, ready to hand over the wheel? at google headquarters this week, jerry brown signed a law legalizing driverless cars. the search giant has been developing self driving cars for years and they use camera a's and radar to detect other vehicles and have reportedly logged 300,000 road miles without an accident. implementing this idea is right on schedule. it was just at the 1939 world's fair when general motors predicted a highway system full of electric cars controlled by remote radio as part of the company's future exhibit. that u thank you for joining me. join me for a special interview oracle cofou
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Sep 26, 2012 7:00am PDT
in the first debate one week from today. the man who plays mr. obama in romney's mock debate sessions, though, tried to lower expectations playing up the president's experience. >> he has been through a lot of those one-on-one debates with a republican. mitt has not, and you think about it, he hasn't had a real debate in ten years because these republican debates tend to be more like candidate forums. >> reporter: tuesday the chief candidates both made whirlwind visits to new york city. president obama aaddressed the u.n. general assembly addressing iran's efforts to build nuclear weapons. >> a nuclear-armed iran is not a challenge that can be contained. >> reporter: those strong words didn't satisfy romney. >> we can look at the record the last four years. is iran closer to a nuclear weapon or not? we know the answer. it's closer to a nuclear weapon. >> reporter: and both candidates tried to one up each other in praising bill clinton at the former president's global conference on global giving. romney joked about the clinton bounce in obama's polls after the democratic conve
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Sep 28, 2012 7:00am PDT
better debater really? >> they're both mediocre debaiters. barack obama didn't win debates, joe biden won. actual debates, harvard and yale coaches enjoy will be paul ryan and joe biden. they'll be better. romney is good in a group setting, hasn't done a lot of one on one. the president, john mccain wasn't the best debater either. >> i talked to nathan sproul, how much ground romney has to gain, could be as much as seven points, that's a lot to gain through a debate performance. two guys can be well prepared, one sitting president. >> he did against bush. >> it is not the debate, what is it for mitt romney in the last five weeks of the campaign to change it. >> i think he has to go big, has to have a couple of really big ideas that connect with the american people and where they are. the economy is slowly getting better. there are real doubts about the medicare plan paul ryan put in place, it is beginning to hurt them in battleground states. i don't think there's one thing that can turn it around for him except the ufo theory which i keep coming back to. just had it again with the terrori
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Sep 28, 2012 4:00am PDT
presidential debate. more numbers now. gallup tells us that president obama's approval rating is still hovering around 50%. lynn, it turns out this could end up being his best month in terms of that approval rating in a year. >> tracie potts in washington, thanks so much. >>> now here is a look at other stories making news early today in america. in utah, it was a dramatic rescue for a young deer that got trapped in a manhole earlier this week. poor little guy. officers used a climbing rope to lasso the animal and hoist it to safety. it was then released back into the wild. >>> beer drinkers, you may want to turn away. cases of beer went flying onto a colorado highway from an overturned semi that apparently took a turn too quickly. the stretch of highway was closed for threely three hours while crews cleaned up the big mess and set the truck up right t. driver suffered minor injuries. >>> finally, the big apple is planning to add another big tourist attraction. new york city officials released an artist rendering of a 625-foot-tall ferris wheel. it will overlook the city's skyline from
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Sep 27, 2012 11:00pm PDT
terry, nbc bay area news. >> roseanne barr will not be there, but president obama and mitt romney will engage in the first of three presidential debates this week. candidates will focus on domestic policy this wednesday. can you catch the debate right here on nbc bay area live at 6:00 p.m. >>> the california man believed to be behind an anti-muslim video remains behind bars tonight. a judge ruled he should be held on suspicion of violating the terms of his probation. the judge ordered him to be held without bond because he's a flight risk. the 55-year-old is on probation from a 2010 conviction for check fraud. a 14-minute trailer for the film, the innocence of muslims was posted on youtube in july, and linked to deadly protests around the middle east. >>> a male model is facing federal charges tonight half a midair meltdown on board a flight bound for california. >> please help me, i can't breathe. >> the cell phone video shot on board a united airlines flight from chicago to orange county on tuesday night. passengers say they had to jump into action, and they used belts to restrain th
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Oct 4, 2012 4:30am PDT
morning president obama and mitt romney, right now they're just going their separate ways. >> the pressure was on mitt romney to perform, taking on the man even republicans describe as one of the most skilled debaters in politics. tracie potts is in denver this morning with debate highlights. >> reporter: the point of this debate was to make differences clear on lowering the debt. >> you said you'd cut the deficit in half. >> the way we do it is $2.50 for every cut we asked for $1 of additional revenue paid for, as i indicated earlier, by asking those of us who have done very well in this country to contribute a little bit more to reduce the deficit. >> the president insisted romney would spend $5 trillion on tax breaks favoring the wealthy. >> math, common sense and our history shows us that's not a recipe for job growth. >> everything he just said about my tax plan is inaccurate. >> reporter: they clashed on wall street, whether banks should be too big to fail and medicare. >> cutting $716 million to balance obama care is in my opinion a mistake. >> if you repeal obama care, and
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Oct 2, 2012 11:00am PDT
obama and republican presidential candidate mitt romney are taking the day off to prepare for tomorrow's big showdown. the first of three debates will take place in denver. both the president and romney are running through full rehearsals to fine tune their talking points. as of this morning, president obama has the lead in all nine of the key battle ground states. both campaigns say to him night is important to reach undecided voters. >> it will be a conversation. we will get to describe our views. >> the choice of two paths for this country. it's a choice between two fundamentally different visions for our nation. >> you can watch the debate in its entirety on nbc bay area. the topic is domestic policy. coverage starts wednesday night at 6:00. >>> in a move to save money, milpitas may put the police department on the chopping block. considering outsourcing law enforcement to the santa clara county sheriff's office. it is on the agenda at the meeting tonight which is open to the public. this is all happening at 7:00 p.m. at city hall. >>> another bay area city says it wants t
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Oct 2, 2012 5:00am PDT
debates that will take place in denver. both president obama and mitt romney running through full rehearsals to hone in on those talking points. as of this morning president obama has a lead in all nine of the key battleground states. both say tomorrow night will be important in reaching those undecided voters. >> it will be a conversation with the american people that will span almost an entire month. we'll get to describe our respective views. >> it's a choice between two different paths for this country. it's a choice between two fundamentally different visions for our nation. >> and you can watch the debate in its entirety here on nbc bay area. the topic is domestic policy. coverage starts at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow night, wednesday night. >> definitely looking forward to that. >> i am too. >>> 5:45 right now. it is back and they are back. the world's best sailors back on the bay for round two of the america's cup world series. >> thousands of people expected to flock to the marina green as practice races get under way later today. bob redell is actually live in san francisco this
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Oct 4, 2012 3:00am PDT
night on cnbc, not just because it's the first debate for romney and obama. it's because here on "mad money," it's wednesday. what do we play on wednesdays? you've got it. time to see about your port o portfolios are protected. time to play "am i diversified?." this is where you call me, you tell me your top five holdings and i tell you whether you need to diversify. we've gotten inundated with tweets. we have to go to them. this is from dimas720. i think i know a dmas who writes am i diversified, altria, trokter and gamble can, conoco phillips, big california boo-yah. mike dimas is from summit new jersey. procter & gamble, uh-oh, pepsi, consumer products company. altria, there's a match game thing going on there. conoco phillips, new york community, high yielding financial. keep altria. between pepsi and procter, keep pepsi. proctor is a work in progress although mr. mcdonald is doing much better. we're going to put in yes, a health care company. at this point i'm going a little aggressive. go celgene. let's go to ed in new york, please. ed? >> caller: hey. >> hey. modern portfolio.
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Sep 29, 2012 12:35am PDT
end of the week. here's what people are talking about, you guys. with the first presidential debate less than a week away, both the obama camp and romney camp are being careful not to overhype their candidates. they're asking voters to lower their expectations and not get too excited. [ light laughter ] or as voters put it, "way ahead of you. way ahead of you, buddy. don't worry about that." [ applause ] "we decided last month. yeah, yeah, yeah. we're good." listen to this. a new report found that taxpayers spent $1 billion supporting the obama family last year. yeah, when mitt romney heard that, he was shocked. he was like, "you guys were living off only a billion dollars?" [ laughter ] "this is a problem with -- how do you do that?" [ laughter ] "you only have two rolls-royces? you've got to be kidding." you guys hear about this? mahmoud ahmadinejad's entourage stopped at costco while they were in new york city this week. that must've been rad, yeah. [ laughter ] him walking around going -- [ in middle eastern accent ] >> "who needs all these paper towels? i mean, what are you goi
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Sep 29, 2012 5:00pm PDT
candidates had a bit of a debate of their own today on the economy. nbc bay area's brian mooar has the latest. >> days before the first vice presidential debate mitt romney is hammering the president on foreign policy. >> when president obama was asked about the recent disruption and chaos and violence in the middle east, he said that these were merely bumps in the road. >> thanks. >> bumps in the road also describes what the romney campaign has been unable to avoid in recent weeks. costly distractions, and discouraging poll numbers are upstaging the republican message. >> look at what president obama did on the budget. nothing except borrow and spend. >> when they talk about the culture dependency, about american decline, i can honestly say to you, i don't recognize the country they're talking about. >> reporter: when vice president biden was fighting for votes in florida the president was calling on congress to help homeowners. even as he defended his campaign's weak spot. >> so we're moving in the right direction but we're not there yet. >> reporter: a point up for debate as the
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Sep 29, 2012 11:00pm PDT
: days before the first presidential debate, mitt romney is hammering the president on foreign policy. >> when president obama was asked about the recent disruption and the chaos and violence in the middle east, he said that these were merely bumps in the road. >> how are you doing? >> god bless you, sir. >> thanks. >> reporter: bumps in the road also describe what's the romney campaign has been unable to avoid if recent weeks, costly distractions and discouraging poll numbers are upstaging the  message. >> look at what president obama did on the budget -- nothing! except borrow and spend. >> when they talk about the culture of dependency, about american decline, i can honestly say to you i don't recognize the country they're talking about. >> reporter: while vice president biden was fighting for votes in florida, the president was calling on congress to help homeowners, even as he defended his campaign's weak spot. >> so we're moving in the right direction, but we're not there. >> reporter: a point up for debate as the presidential candidates get ready for their first showdown on we
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Oct 2, 2012 5:30pm PDT
will be joined by their wives tomorrow. ann romney says during past debates in the primaries, her husband routinely looked over at her for reassurance. meanwhile, tomorrow is the obama's 20th wedding anniversary. mrs. obama recently joked she would like her husband to write love you, honey on his hand so she and 50 million or so others can see it when he waives. >> as we said, all begins just over 24 hours from now. peter aim ex-an der already in the venue in denver and set tonight. thanks. >>> our political director chuck todd is also part of our team in denver, tonight debuting our pre-debate polling numbers. chuck, how interesting that 34 states are voting, but this race is still on the move, and either a gaffe or a big moment at one of these debates could change the numbers further. >> reporter: look, it's absolutely true. and let's look at our new nbc/wall street journal poll. there are two numbers that matter more when judging whether a president wins re-election or not. it's his job approval rating and where people see the direction of the country. for the president right n
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Sep 27, 2012 12:35am PDT
boo" on tlc. [ cheers and applause ] or as president obama put it, "all right, now i can finally start prepping for those debates." i can -- [ laughter ] from celebrity news. lady gaga revealed that she recently gained 25 pounds by eating the food at her father's italian restaurant. >> audience member: what?! >> jimmy: yeah, 25 pounds of fat. or as lady gaga calls that, a dress. [ audience oohs ] some business news. today, the ceo of radio shack announced that he is stepping down immediately. of course -- [ audience aws ] of course, no one heard the announcement because he said it into a microphone they bought at radio shack. [ laughter ] it doesn't work. doesn't work. made by tandy. >> steve: yeah, tandy corporation. >> jimmy: yeah, tandy corp. >> steve: free batteries. >> jimmy: here's an election update. mitt romney's campaign said that president obama is spiking the ball too early in ohio, after recent polls showed obama pulling ahead. yeah. obama hasn't earned that win yet, which is why today the nfl replacement refs just gave it to him anyway. [ laughter ] [ cheers and appl
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